U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe display hats bearing the slogan, “Donald and Shinzo: Make Alliance Even Greater.”
The President of United-States, Donald Trump, has kicked off his Asia tour by visiting Japan to remind the world that the bond that ties the two countries is solid, and healthy. After describing Japan as a « treasured partner and crucial ally of United States », it did not take long before the POTUS directed a roaring thunder of threats to North Korea. « No one, no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate, ever, American resolve. Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? », he said.
As his second destination, the President headed to South Korea, which gives us obvious clues about the motives behind the longest Asia trip any President has ever undertaken since the early 1990’s. From November 8, he will be traveling to China, Vietnam and finally the Philippines to participate to the ASEAN summit, a last-minute addition to send a positive message to its allies about U.S. involvement in the region.
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